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Michael Bisping’s memorable, championship homecoming ended in Hollywood-like fashion. To the dismay of some fans, Dan Henderson was unable to complete his long-time goal of being a UFC champion in his final appearance.

As always, the MMA Latest team will cover the aftermath of tonight’s event. Tonight’s stream is scheduled to begin shortly. Be sure to refresh the page as it’ll be updated with highlights following the end of the conference.

Bonuses: 

  • POTN: Iuri Alcantara and Jimi Manuwa
  • FOTN: Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson

Conference Highlights:

  • The format for tonight’s meeting held one on one interviews.
  • UFC 204 pulled in an attendance of 16,000 for a live gate of $1.96 million.
  • Gegard Mousasi wants to fight Anderson Silva or Uriah Hall since the top 4 middleweights are booked already.
  • Michael Bisping did not attend the conference as he was transported to the hospital.
  • Dan Henderson stated he thought he won the first two rounds and won the last, but overall feels he did enough in the sport to move along with the decision.
  • Henderson said he didn’t spend much time realizing this was his last fight and thinks he’ll call Dana White for a job soon as he still wants to stick around for the sport in some way.

Dan Henderson on having no regrets on his last fight:

“I feel like, before this fight, I’ve accomplished enough in this sport. Obviously there was one more thing I wanted to do and I worked my ass off during training camp and I thought I was ready to get it done. And, you know, I’m a little frustrated I didn’t get it done; didn’t get credit for it I guess. But like I said, it is what it is. Now there’s no changing that, I think. I just gotta live with it” 

on the first knockdown he earned in the fight:

“The first time I knocked him down (the first fight) flashed in my head and I think I sort of paused and came in a little bit more controlled rather than jumping in there and punch him again. He wasn’t quite finished enough and I didn’t get there soon enough and land a follow-up punch, good enough.”

looking back on the sport of Mixed Martial Arts:

“When I first started, obviously it wasn’t thought of as a sport by most people. It has really evolved into what it is now. It’s one of the toughest, probably the toughest sport out there to do. There’s no other sport that professional athletes respect more than MMA fighters, it’s evolved into that and all these young Fighters doing it at a young age it’s just something that has been a blessing for me to be able to witness as a competitor for the last 19-20 years. To see where it’s gone from almost nothing to where it is now and it’s still on the upswing. It’s going to keep going upward and I can’t wait to see where it goes in the next 10 years. It’s why I am going to be a part of MMA still.”

Gegard Mousasi explaining the Vitor Belfort fight and wanting a rematch with Uriah Hall:

“It was more of a stand-up fight. I feel like I have the better stand up in the middleweight division. So you know… Uriah Hall was a fluke. Anyone that knows anything about this sport knows it was a fluke. So I hope to get that rematch one day. I’m top 5.”

also stating his desire to fight the champion:

“After his performance tonight, I like Michael Bisping, but you guys know I can beat him. I will beat Michael Bisping. I will jab his face the whole night. Easy.”

 

 

 


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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220

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UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts has its main event. Stipe Miocic (17-2) will put his belt on the line for the third time against rising heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou (11-1)

Rumors surrounded the match-up for UFC 220 after Ngannou’s first round knockout over Alistair Overeem, at UFC 218. The Cameroonian heavyweight called for the fight himself. In his octagon interview proceeding his most recent victory, Ngannou stated:

“I’m feeling good… I’m on my way to a title shot”.

The heavy handed Ngannou has finished all of his opponents in all of his six UFC bouts. A streak which includes a kimura submission over Anthony Hamilton and a TKO victory against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Overall, he holds a ten fight win streak. His only defeat came by way of unanimous decision to Zoumana Cisse, in his second professional MMA fight.

If victorious, Ngannou would become the first African-born champion in UFC history.

Not to be diminished, Stipe Miocic rides his a streak of his own into the beantown match-up. Five consecutive wins, five knockouts and the past four of which, ended in the first round. A victory in Boston for the champ would make him the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. Currently, Miocic is one of three heavyweights, in the promotions entirety, whom has successfully defended the belt twice.

UFC 220 will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20th, 2018. The pay-per-view (PPV) card will also feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, as he faces challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir.

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Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview

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Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.

LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.

Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.

Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)

The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.

In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.

Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.

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Mackenzie Dern victorious in Invicta debut 

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Late Friday night, Mackenzie Dern (5-0, 1-0 Invicta FC) won her co-main event booking, defeating Kaline Medieros (8-6, 2-2 Invicta FC), at Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz, via submission (armbar) with only fifteen seconds remaining in the fight.

Much of the fight was controlled by Dern. The heralded prospect displayed her power, visibly damaging her opponent with multiple overhand rights. Striking is an under-developed aspect of her attack, only when compared to the twenty-four-year-olds black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Above all, she showed a progression of her striking skills. Dern looked to be bigger and physically stronger than her veteran opponent. She utilized forward pressure and found the proper timing for her overhand right throughout.

The veteran Medeiros showed her toughness throughout the fight. She defended and scrambled out of some bad positions during the grappling exchanges. Ultimately, she tapped when caught in a deeply planted armbar.  While Medeiros did earn a few hard trip takedowns, it factored minimally in the result as she refused to follow Dern to the mat. The Boston native suffered her second straight loss, Friday night. Her first was to, former Invicta strawweight champion, Angela Hill.

Dern made her professional debut in July of 2016 with Legacy Fighting Alliance (previously: Legacy Fighting Championship). In her debut, she defeated Kenia Rosas by unanimous decision. The Phoenix-born fighter won her next three bouts. Before her MMA career began, Dern won the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) championship at 60 kg. She was the first American born female to become champion at the weight. Her grappling resume boasts many more incredible accomplishments. Justifiably, a growing spotlight now hangs over her, her skills, and potential in the sport of MMA.

Elsewhere on the Invicta 26 card, Jennifer Maia defeated Agnieszka Niedzweidz by unanimous decision. Maia retained her Invicta flyweight belt, defending it for the second time. Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzweidz, took place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri.

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